VIKINGS-PANTHERS CONNECTIONS
- Vikings LB Vinny Ciurciu played for Carolina from 2003-06, including in Super Bowl XXXVIII.
- Vikings special teams coordinator Paul Ferraro served as assistant special teams coach for the Panthers in 2005.
- Vikings DE Otis Grigsby went to training camp with the Panthers and spent the last two weeks of the 2006 season
on the team’s practice squad.
LOCAL CONNECTIONS
- Vikings WR Aundrae Allison is a native of Kannapolis, NC, and played collegiately at East Carolina in Greenville.
- Vikings RB Maurice Hicks played football at North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, NC.
- Panthers K Rhys Lloyd played at the University of Minnesota in 2003 and 2004 and at Rochester Community College in 2001-02.
- Lloyd also attended high school at Eastview.
NFL CONNECTIONS
- Vikings G Steve Hutchinson and DT Ellis Wyms played in Seattle with Panthers WR D.J. Hackett and CB Ken Lucas.
- Vikings WRs Bernard Berrian and Bobby Wade played for Chicago with Panthers S Chris Harris, WR Muhsin Muhammad and CB Dante Wesley.
- Vikings S Madieu Williams played with Panthers LB Landon Johnson for Cincinnati with Vikings offensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.
- Vikings TE Visanthe Shiancoe was teammates with Panthers WR Mark Jones for the New York Giants. Jones also played with Wyms in Tampa Bay while Vikings
defensive backs coach Joe Woods was on staff there.
- Vikings WRs coach George Stewart and OL coach Pat Morris were on staff in San Francisco when Panthers P Jason Baker and LB Jason Kyle played there.
- Vikings RBs coach Eric Bieniemy and DL coach Karl Dunbar played for San Diego when Panthers head coach John Fox coached secondary.
- Dunbar also played for New Orleans while Panthers assistant head coach/running backs Jim Skipper was on staff.
- Vikings head coach Brad Childress, defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, strength and conditioning coach Tom Kanavy and head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman
were on Philadelphia’s staff in 2002 when Baker and DT Darwin Walker played there.
- Vikings tight ends coach Jimmie Johnson played for the Eagles while Panthers defensive coordinator Mike Trgovac was on staff there.
- Vikings DE Jared Allen and CB Benny Sapp played with Baker in Kansas City and Vikings LB coach Fred Pagac was on staff with the Chiefs while Baker was there.
- Vikings S Darren Sharper, K Ryan Longwell and WR Robert Ferguson played for Green Bay with Panthers LB Na’il Diggs. Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell
Bevell was also on staff with the Packers while Diggs was there.
- Sharper and Longwell were also in Green Bay with Panthers defensive coordinator Mike Trgovac and linebacker coach Ken Flajole.
- Vikings RB Chester Taylor played for Baltimore with Panthers DT Maake Kemoeatu, G Keydrick Vincent and while DT Gary Gibson was in 2005 training camp
with the Ravens.
COLLEGE CONNECTIONS
- Vikings LB Chad Greenway played at Iowa with Panthers S Charles Godfrey.
- Vikings OT Artis Hicks played at Memphis while Panthers offensive line coach Dave Magazu was co-offensive coordinator/offensive line coach.
- Vikings WR Bernard Berrian and CB Marcus McCauley played at Fresno State with Panthers CB Richard Marshall
- Vikings special teams coordinator Paul Ferraro and Panthers special teams coordinator Danny Crossman were on the same staff at Georgia Tech and Crossman
took over special teams when Ferraro left to take a job at Rutgers.
- Vikings FB Thomas Tapeh played at the University of Minnesota with Panthers K Rhys Lloyd.
- Vikings CB Antoine Winfi eld played at Ohio State with Panthers LB Na’il Diggs and RB Nick Goings while Vikings LB coach Fred Pagac was on staff.
- Pagac also coached for Ohio State while Panthers offensive coordinator Jeff Davidson played there from 1986-89.
- Vikings DE Ray Edwards played at Purdue with Panthers LB Landon Johnson.
- Vikings rookies,QB John David Booty and OL Drew Radovich played at USC with Panthers C Ryan Kalil and WR Dwayne Jarrett.
- Vikings off. asst. Chad O’Shea was the special teams coach and recruiting coordinator at Southern Mississippi when Panthers G Jeremy Bridges played there.
- Vikings G Anthony Herrera played at Tennessee with Panthers WR Mark Jones.
- Vikings WR Robert Ferguson and Panthers C Geoff Hangartner both played at Texas A&M in 2000.